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Monitoring Grocott’s Policy:. Research Team : Thanduxolo Jika Modise Kabeli Thandy Kunene Susan Nakacwa Thando Sebesho. Research Aims:. To identify trends followed in monitoring policy To establish who is better placed for the responsibility of monitoring policy

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Monitoring grocott s policy

Monitoring Grocott’s Policy:

Research Team:

  • Thanduxolo Jika

  • Modise Kabeli

  • Thandy Kunene

  • Susan Nakacwa

  • Thando Sebesho


Research aims

Research Aims:

  • To identify trends followed in monitoring policy

  • To establish who is better placed for the responsibility of monitoring policy

  • Provide propositions for monitoring Grocott’s policy


Research methods

Research Methods:

Qualitative research:

  • Interviews

  • E-mails

  • In-depth (open ended) questions


Findings

Findings:

  • Grocott’s does not have a formalized document that outlines who is responsible for monitoring policy

  • Only an arbitrary level of implementation of arbitrary policy decisions exists

  • Readers have been acting as watchdogs e.g. calling-in to complain about something published


Grocott s organogram

Grocott’s Organogram:

Board of Directors

Board of

Advisors

General Manager

Adverts

Editor

Publishing


Advisory board

Advisory Board:

Advisory Board Members

Editorial Policy

Expert/s

Financial

Expert/s

Legal

Expert/s

Other

Expert/s

Policy Awareness

  • Focus Groups

  • Media Campaigns

  • Public Meetings


Recommendations

Recommendations:

  • There should be a Qualitative Review of each issue - this will help the editor monitor the quality of the newspaper, especially in the beginning stages.

  • The Review can be as simple as passing a copy of the newspaper to all people responsible for content & production, & asking them to mark criticisms and suggestions on the copy for all to see.


Recommendations continued

Recommendations continued:

Composition of the Advisory Board:

  • Should be representative

    - consist of members with diff. expertise, e.g authorities in the areas of law, finance, education, editorial policy, etc.

    - also, consist of different communities and social orientations in Grahamstown.


Recommendations continued1

Recommendations continued:

Responsibilities:

Advisory Board (Policy Expert/s):

  • create policy awareness through media campaigns, focus groups & public meetings.

  • Sit-in & mediate on meetings to solve conflict regarding policy matters.

  • Investigate, judge or punish those responsible for lapses


Recommendations continued2

Recommendations continued:

Responsibilities:

Editor:

  • clearly define & implement the editorial policy

  • establish procedures to maintain newspaper quality,

  • identify errors & problems,

  • detect trends & monitor possible failures that reflect a deterioration in quality, &

  • implement corrective actions as needed.


Recommendations continued3

Recommendations continued:

Focus groups:

  • gather role players in all sectors for policy input

  • create policy awareness

  • review/assess adherence to policy - e.g. review articles on Grocott’s Mail for policy adherence.


Recommendations continued4

Recommendations continued:

Radio broadcasts and press releases

  • For information broadcasts, awareness campaigns, creating a platform to call public meetings or give reminders e.g Radio Grahamstown, RMR and Grocott’s.

  • The radio stations will be mediums of giving feedback, responses and reminders.


Recommendations continued5

Recommendations continued:

Public meetings

  • large scale meetings in different areas in Grahamstown.

  • should be recorded & have translators available for Xhosa or Afrikaans speakers.

  • Grocott’s Project e.g. GRAB – could use students on a voluntary basis


Finally

Finally…

The Board of Advisors will, on their bi-annual meetings, submit an audit of the qualitative review to the Board of Directors.


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